Like a Phoenix from the ashes

Lion Syl Robinson opening the delivery of ducks

Last year the members of Stone Lions Club were devastated when all but 20 of their yellow plastic ducks were destroyed in an arson attack.

Their Annual Duck Race had been a fixture of the club’s fundraising efforts for many years and had raised thousands of pounds to be used in support of those in need.

After some deliberation it was decided that the Duck Race should continue but the Lions accepted that they would need some practical help on race day.

Stafford and Stone Canoe Club were approached and they suggested that the race be a part of their annual summer event, this year scheduled for June 30, when a collection of canoeists will be on hand, eager to assist in retrieving errant participants.

So the future of Stone Lions Annual Duck Race is assured for the foreseeable future. New ducks have been hatched and delivered, with a number of them being available for a pre-race inspection at Stone Farmers’ Market in June and on Stone Carnival Day.

Lions Pat Conlong, John Sanders, Paul Martin and Margaret Leatt get on with numbering the ducks.

All that remains to be done is for each duck to be marked with its own, unique number.

Any guesses on how long it will take to number 1,500 ducks?